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SKYLAB CHAT

ladyfur

Eager
Hey everyone :) Just woke from my nap, and slept so soundly, had to check whether it was morning or night....haha.

FlowScape 1.5 has recently released version 4, so I can play with that this evening...yay! One new feature in this version is a link within the program to the YouTube tutorial below, which nicely covers all the advanced features that my beginner tutorial did't. There are a few new goodies also. Just LOVE this program!





And more good news....Dorian has been reduced to a Cat 2 hurricane, and the new projected path is swinging further east when it passes NC. I do hate to see Nags Head get so battered during storms.


:bee:
oh, my god! it's civilization in a box! and disney butterflies... that was... wild!
 

skylab

Esteemed
Yes, Ladyfur....it's an amazing "game"....though I always hesitate to call FlowScape a game. It's more like 3D "nature in a brush" as they say in the demo. The videos demonstrate as well the animated animals that move as one continues to create the landscape. The program also does .obj import....these are examples below of my first attempts using FlowScape. The arched bridge, the boat, Nursoda's Dr. Pitterbill and the butterfly bench were all .obj imports. I created a brief, beginner level PDF tutorial (for free download on ShareCG) after I had used the program for about a month. The 64-bit program takes a little over 5 gig of drive space, and requires at least a small video card in order to function smoothly.

flowscape-book-farm-1200x676.jpg


3 - doc bench.jpg


flowscape-bridge-ani.gif



elven house ship flowscape.jpg
 

ladyfur

Eager
Yes, Ladyfur....it's an amazing "game"....though I always hesitate to call FlowScape a game. It's more like 3D "nature in a brush" as they say in the demo. The videos demonstrate as well the animated animals that move as one continues to create the landscape. The program also does .obj import....these are examples below of my first attempts using FlowScape. The arched bridge, the boat, Nursoda's Dr. Pitterbill and the butterfly bench were all .obj imports. I created a brief, beginner level PDF tutorial (for free download on ShareCG) after I had used the program for about a month. The 64-bit program takes a little over 5 gig of drive space, and requires at least a small video card in order to function smoothly.

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shadow asks if you can email me the tutorial. he doesn't want to have to join share cg right now. sigh. i can pm you my email address...
 

ladyfur

Eager
shadow says he was on share cg several computers ago and long forgotten his info there. that's why he asked for the pdf to be emailed. bigger sigh.
 

skylab

Esteemed
Ladyfur....just sent the PDF....no problem...haha.

He can probably recover his password from ShareCG....just checked, yes they do have a recovery option.

When you go to log in, it looks like this:

sharecg-pw.jpg



All of my free stuff is on ShareCG, plus all my tutorials, and a large percentage of the freebies that I post here.

SKYLAB FREE STUFF at ShareCG

SKYLAB FREE STUFF for DS4 at ShareCG



:coding:
 
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ladyfur

Eager
Ladyfur....just sent the PDF....no problem...haha.

He can probably recover his password from ShareCG....just checked, yes they do have a recovery option.

When you go to log in, it looks like this:

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All of my free stuff is on ShareCG, plus all my tutorials, and a large percentage of the freebies that I post here.

SKYLAB FREE STUFF at ShareCG

SKYLAB FREE STUFF for DS4 at ShareCG



:coding:
it would be several emails ago so he'd have to guess at the username. we are talking last decade most likely.
 

skylab

Esteemed
Oh, I've had to play the Russian roulette of guessing names too....haha....but usually recovery works and is well worth the effort :)

I'm posting the same information here for others, regarding how to navigate back to pages in this thread to other FlowScape information.

Here are the links. The first, page 410, is when I bought the program, and the pages thereafter show how I progressed in handling the interface. Then on page 418, I posted the first large images showing how to navigate the program, and then a little later decided to put the images together in a PDF and upload as a freebie.

First got FlowScape:
SKYLAB CHAT page 410

FlowScape tutorial posted:
SKYLAB CHAT page 418


TUTORIAL IMAGES FOR FLOWSCAPE PDF
Click on the images in order to view full size.


flowscape-capture1.jpg



This shows basic navigation, screen capture, and the default menu.
flowscape-capture2.jpg



This shows how to save your work, and how to control the lighting, sky rotation, sun position, and advanced color enhancements.
flowscape-capture3.jpg



This shows loading saved scenes, animal selections in the menu, and all the different ways to delete stuff.
flowscape-capture4.jpg



This demonstrates navigation, which was a bit tricky to get without clear instructions. This shows the steps how to move objects, as well as how to rotate the whole scene (spin the book around).
flowscape-capture5.jpg
 

skylab

Esteemed
Here's the information (below) that I included in the FLOWSCAPE PDF Tutorial on ShareCG:

I'm glad I've had a little learning curve time to get out ahead of understanding FlowScape, or I wouldn't have been able to provide much help...it would have been more like the blind leading the blind, and we'd both end up falling in the book trench....haha. I may release this as a PDF tutorial on ShareCG, since new users all ask the same questions. The creator of the game may very well have intended for the discovery of its features to be part of the program's "mystery". I have not yet explored the texture and terrain options, like raising and lowering the water and terrain levels, and the various sky and water options. It can remain territory for you to conquer on your own. Also, I failed to mention, the icon above the camera, the headphones, second from the bottom, opens up options for music while working.

If you do decide to purchase the program, a few tips:

1. Make sure you hang on to your confirmation email (if you purchase from the creator's website) that provides you with links back to your download page, because the program goes through fairly frequent updates, and you'll need to access your download links in order to get the updates.

2, And, it's wise to create a FlowScape account when given the option, since it links your purchase to your user name on the site, so there's record of your purchase for future updates. My prediction is this program is going to grow, and getting in on it while it's $10 is a good idea. It's already $14.99 on Steam.

3. You have to allow for download time....the last update to version 1.5 was a walloping 3.9 gig. Also, there are no notices when updates are released, so the best way to watch for them is on the FlowScape home page....scroll down to the bottom of the page in order to see the current version. If you see that it has been updated, then use the link in your confirmation email to navigate to your download page and log in. I've not yet used the download manager...this may be a better option for some. So far I've just downloaded the zip and manually copied the contents into a new FlowScape 64 bit folder.

4. Remember to right click on the program file, and the program icon, in order to give administrator permission each time, or your screen captures will fail to land in your FlowScape directory. If you choose high resolution, and your monitor resolution is high, be aware that screen captures can be over 40 megs each, and mine have been 7104x4000! So when I post a "large" capture, I've already reduced it down quite a bit. There are also panorama capture options as well, that might be great for doing sky dome images. And, one last tip about screen captures....because the program and images take up a lot of space on my drive, I opted to remove version 1.4 when upgrading to 1.5....not thinking how it would impact the scenes I previously saved from 1.4. Fortunately I saved the 1.4 files on a backup drive so if I ever need to access the old files again, I have that option. But just be aware that old saved projects need to be kept safe when upgrading.

Here's a link to the FlowScape forum in case there are further questions, or curiosity about future development. Have fun!


flowscape--book-farm.jpg


 

ladyfur

Eager
Oh, I've had to play the Russian roulette of guessing names too....haha....but usually recovery works and is well worth the effort :)

I'm posting the same information here for others, regarding how to navigate back to pages in this thread to other FlowScape information.

Here are the links. The first, page 410, is when I bought the program, and the pages thereafter show how I progressed in handling the interface. Then on page 418, I posted the first large images showing how to navigate the program, and then a little later decided to put the images together in a PDF and upload as a freebie.

First got FlowScape:
SKYLAB CHAT page 410

FlowScape tutorial posted:
SKYLAB CHAT page 418


TUTORIAL IMAGES FOR FLOWSCAPE PDF
Click on the images in order to view full size.


View attachment 50657


This shows basic navigation, screen capture, and the default menu.
View attachment 50658


This shows how to save your work, and how to control the lighting, sky rotation, sun position, and advanced color enhancements.
View attachment 50659


This shows loading saved scenes, animal selections in the menu, and all the different ways to delete stuff.
View attachment 50660


This demonstrates navigation, which was a bit tricky to get without clear instructions. This shows the steps how to move objects, as well as how to rotate the whole scene (spin the book around).
View attachment 50661
wow, you put a lot of effort into that! he should pay you for your time. ;)
 

ladyfur

Eager
Here's the information (below) that I included in the FLOWSCAPE PDF Tutorial on ShareCG:

I'm glad I've had a little learning curve time to get out ahead of understanding FlowScape, or I wouldn't have been able to provide much help...it would have been more like the blind leading the blind, and we'd both end up falling in the book trench....haha. I may release this as a PDF tutorial on ShareCG, since new users all ask the same questions. The creator of the game may very well have intended for the discovery of its features to be part of the program's "mystery". I have not yet explored the texture and terrain options, like raising and lowering the water and terrain levels, and the various sky and water options. It can remain territory for you to conquer on your own. Also, I failed to mention, the icon above the camera, the headphones, second from the bottom, opens up options for music while working.

If you do decide to purchase the program, a few tips:

1. Make sure you hang on to your confirmation email (if you purchase from the creator's website) that provides you with links back to your download page, because the program goes through fairly frequent updates, and you'll need to access your download links in order to get the updates.

2, And, it's wise to create a FlowScape account when given the option, since it links your purchase to your user name on the site, so there's record of your purchase for future updates. My prediction is this program is going to grow, and getting in on it while it's $10 is a good idea. It's already $14.99 on Steam.

3. You have to allow for download time....the last update to version 1.5 was a walloping 3.9 gig. Also, there are no notices when updates are released, so the best way to watch for them is on the FlowScape home page....scroll down to the bottom of the page in order to see the current version. If you see that it has been updated, then use the link in your confirmation email to navigate to your download page and log in. I've not yet used the download manager...this may be a better option for some. So far I've just downloaded the zip and manually copied the contents into a new FlowScape 64 bit folder.

4. Remember to right click on the program file, and the program icon, in order to give administrator permission each time, or your screen captures will fail to land in your FlowScape directory. If you choose high resolution, and your monitor resolution is high, be aware that screen captures can be over 40 megs each, and mine have been 7104x4000! So when I post a "large" capture, I've already reduced it down quite a bit. There are also panorama capture options as well, that might be great for doing sky dome images. And, one last tip about screen captures....because the program and images take up a lot of space on my drive, I opted to remove version 1.4 when upgrading to 1.5....not thinking how it would impact the scenes I previously saved from 1.4. Fortunately I saved the 1.4 files on a backup drive so if I ever need to access the old files again, I have that option. But just be aware that old saved projects need to be kept safe when upgrading.

Here's a link to the FlowScape forum in case there are further questions, or curiosity about future development. Have fun!


apparently now i'm enthusiastic? ok. :) shadow bought it from steam. this way he can always recover it if he needs to. ;) i like your story book.
 

skylab

Esteemed
That's the main reason I have this thread, so I'm glad to do it. I should have named it SKYLAB 3D CHAT, or maybe like I did on DAZ, it was called "SKYLAB Discussion, Free Stuff and Tutorials", or something like that. It's intended to be a teaching thread for beginners. Occasionally it veers off center into being a chat only situation, and then I gently tap it back on course, since there are already lots of threads on this forum that have a loose, chatty format already, and if we bury all this information under dozens of pages of loose chat, nobody will have the perseverance to pursue the resources later. If you click back through the pages in this thread, it is loaded with tutorials and information. There's a whole section on dynamic clothing in Poser, and a section that reviews rigged vehicles, and more recently, a section where we re-post a lot of the old renders that were originally in the Nursoda character SLON STRANGER thread on DAZ....and of course, all throughout the thread are links to hundreds of freebies and YouTube tutorials. I like to do this as my way of giving back to the 3D community, since I had to primarily use freebies in order to even get started in all this....and I know that younger folks coming along are doing the same thing now as I did a decade ago. Also, us seniors need a break these days, since stuff like health care and cost of living can shrink the 3D budget sometimes. So, enjoy the FlowScape tutorial, and anything else that you find here....and you can make me happy by posting some things that you create. I'd love to see this thread become more productive...whether it's renders, animations, tutorials, project walk-thru, models, poses, backgrounds, 2D art work, clay creations....or FlowScape landscapes of course.....haha. And we have the benefit of not being a contest type of scenario, where critiquing is going on...it's just free, family-friendly expression. Sometimes I post my blunders, or less than perfect work, for the purpose of teaching. The Andy drone animations that I just did were examples of that....I started the project with animation experiments, then it began to take shape as a story later. I think folks develop a fear of their work not being "good enough" when they get accustomed to seeing render contests. So hopefully this will be a place to relax from all that, and just enjoy creating and sharing. We never know how we can encourage others with what we share.




:drawing:
 

skylab

Esteemed
Tell Shadow he is very welcome :) And just to clarify, anything purchased on the FlowScape website can also be "recovered", since creating an account there links your FlowScape purchase to your user information, and using the download page link from your confirmation email pulls up your download links to upgrades, once you enter your user name and password in order to gain access to the secure page.

The story book was a new feature in the last FlowScape version, so while I was exploring that, and .obj import, I got the idea to turn it into a tutorial (page 419 of this thread). Then I started thinking about ways to recreate this same type of thing in Poser, which lead to exploring the best options for books:

Book option for a base to build upon is the free Open Book at Turbosquid

These renders below were done in Poser Pro 11, using the open book from Turbosquid, and building within the P11 construct dome.

FlowScape can stretch your imagination and creativity, even in other programs :)

ark book p11.jpg


ark book p11 with animals.jpg
 

skylab

Esteemed
By the way, Shadow is certainly welcome to post his FlowScape creations :)

Well, I think it's time for me to get some rest now. Have a good evening everyone.




:sleep:
 

ladyfur

Eager
Tell Shadow he is very welcome :) And just to clarify, anything purchased on the FlowScape website can also be "recovered", since creating an account there links your FlowScape purchase to your user information, and using the download page link from your confirmation email pulls up your download links to upgrades, once you enter your user name and password in order to gain access to the secure page.

The story book was a new feature in the last FlowScape version, so while I was exploring that, and .obj import, I got the idea to turn it into a tutorial (page 419 of this thread). Then I started thinking about ways to recreate this same type of thing in Poser, which lead to exploring the best options for books:

Book option for a base to build upon is the free Open Book at Turbosquid

These renders below were done in Poser Pro 11, using the open book from Turbosquid, and building within the P11 construct dome.

FlowScape can stretch your imagination and creativity, even in other programs :)

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nice. noah's ark. :)
 
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